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  AGRISCIENCE FAIR Q&A
 
By: Hannah Sharkey, Bland FFA
July 17, 2014

 
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Members reinforce skills and principles they have learned in agriscience courses by participating in the 2014 Agriscience Fair at the Texas FFA Covnetion. 

Students conduct research projects and prepare a scientific report and display for judging at the state level.  The State winner is awarded a thousand dollar scholarship and will advance to the National competition. 

Brandt Donathon from the Frenship FFA Chapter placed first overall, while fellow member Paden Ortega placed second. They were asked a few questions about their successful projects.  

1. What inspired you to do your project the way you did?
Brandt- To stop E coli from getting animals and people sick.
Paden- To create antibiotics to help people from getting sick from ground beef.

2. What category did you compete in?
Brandt- Environmental Services/Natural Resources Systems.
Paden- Food Products and Processing Systems.

3. What was the hardest part about your project?
Brandt- Gathering data.
Paden- Going through samples.

4. What was the easiest part about your project?
Brandt- Colleting soil samples. 
Paden- Getting the research.

5. About how long did it take you to finish your project?
Brandt- 4 year process. 
Paden- 3 months. 

6. In detail, how does your project work?
Brandt- To begin, he gathered soil from three different show pens such as pig, cattle and lamb, put a sample of each type of soil in two separate bags to equal six bags, then treated three bags of each type of soil with lime. The untreated bags were left only for seven days with one bag put in the refrigerator with the other two not refrigerated, while the treated bags were stored at room temperature and checked for their odor on two days of the seven. The outcome was correct. The samples that had been treated with lime had a lower bacterial count than the ones without lime. 
Paden- He started out by collecting two hundred ground beef samples from seven different stores across Lubbock, Texas. He then had to determine the antibiotic resistance of Campylobacter, which requires a certain environment, isolates from retail ground beef samples. Antibiotics that are resistant is considered poor, while susceptible is known as satisfying. The antibiotics cefprozil, gentamicin, and tetracycline were susceptible, while erythromycin was resistant.  
 




 
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